A special virtual visit to see a piece of Westport history on display at the MFA Boston

Date: December 17, 2021
Time: 12:00 pm  to  1:00 pm

This program is presented via Zoom. Pre-register here.

The most famous and fascinating quilt in the Museum of Fine Art’s collection is the Harriet Powers Pictorial Quilt, which for 60 years hung in a house at Westport Point!

Join us for a special conversation about the Pictorial Quilt– “a tour de force of creativity” — with Jennifer Swope, David and Roberta Logie Associate Curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The Pictorial Quilt is a center piece of the current exhibition at the MFA, Fabric of a Nation, American Quilt Stories. The story of the quilt links the life of its maker Harriet Powers, who was born into slavery, to the work of Reverend Charles Cuthbert Hall as an advocate for education of newly emancipated African Americans.

Basil Hall showing the Pictorial Quilt at Synton House, Westport Point

Made in the 1890s, the quilt shows biblical scenes juxtaposed with astronomical events such as a meteor shower and natural phenomena such as the “dark day of 1780.” The quilt was gifted to Reverend Hall in 1897 and installed on the second floor of Synton House at Westport Point. The quilt was a treasured possession of the Hall family and was eventually donated to the MFA.

This program will be presented via Zoom.

Pre-register HERE